Eric Beers, MS
Eric Beers is a Senior Associate who works with clients to help them realize their full potential. He approaches organizations as fundamentally human systems. “Often we think about organizations using the metaphor of machines. We think of people and process like gears or parts,” says Eric, “unfortunately, this metaphor lets us down. What really makes an organization successful is the humans.”
Eric believes that equity, particularly racial equity, needs to be at the center of work that seeks to help others. “What I’m really talking about is power. Who has power and who does not? How is power shared or not? How does power manifest in what organizations and people are trying to achieve?” When we center equity, we open ourselves to powerful and fundamentally different ways of helping others and ourselves.
Eric has worked in a variety of fields though all center around the value of “service.” Most recently he served for 3.5 years as the Workforce Development Coordinator at the Indiana Department of Health where he focused on a variety of strategies and programs related to improving Indiana’s public health workforce. He also served on IDOH’s Health Equity Council and held a variety of leadership roles during Covid response in 2020 and 2021. Eric also led a state-wide nutrition and physical activity coalition at the Indiana Public Health Association for 3.5 years prior to working for the state. Other formative professional experiences for Eric include, serving as the Director of an Episcopal Summer Camp in southern Indiana, teaching English in northeast China teaching English to adults and children, and working for 2 seasons as a wildland firefighter in the western half of the US.
Much like his colleague Ashley, Eric has participated in several professional development activities including the Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Training from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. Eric holds a MS in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. While there he studied a variety of organizational development tools and frameworks including Appreciative Inquiry and the Intentional Change Theory. He also holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Kalamazoo College where he received the Senior Leadership Award for invaluable contributions to the Kalamazoo College community.